Magnolia: all the tips for successful planting

Magnolia: all the tips for successful planting

Magnolias by the hundreds, magnolias like in the old days….

Claude François was not mistaken, the magnolia is a tree of rarely equaled elegance! Claude François was not mistaken, therefore, even if, even if, we do not know why he associates the magnolias by the hundreds with a bygone past ... I say that because the magnolias that I know always have a fantastic flowering and quite long, from March to June. After that ? The magnolia seduces us with its foliage, shiny on the top and slightly downy below ... The magnolia a shrub, a tree of rare refinement! WWWOOOAAAA! tudutdutdut “MAAHAA… ..GNOO… ..LIA! (Yes it's music to text ...)

Botanical name:

Magnolia spp (several varieties)

Type of plant

• Family: Magnoliaceae
• Cycle: Perennial
• Hardiness: Rustic
• Foliage: Persistent or deciduous depending on the variety
• Exhibition: Sun to partial shade
• Ground : Any type of soil with a preference for acidic and cool soils
• Harbor : shrub / tree
• Rooting: roots
• Origin: -


• Cold resistance: -30 ° C
• Flowering: March to June
• Interview : Cut
• Height: from 2 to 15 meters
• Culture : easy enough
• Toxicity: no
• Edible: no

What type of soil for magnolia:

• The magnolia appreciates acidic and cool soils.

When to plant it?

• In the spring of April to May, or in autumn, October or November, and preferably in the latter period, best for the young magnolia's acclamation to its new environment.

How to plant the magnolia?

The gardener says: "to choose well is already to succeed ..."

• Choose a sheltered place: near a wall for example, because the buds of the magnolia - although the tree is very resistant to low temperatures - are sensitive to severe frost. A wall cuts the wind and radiates the temperature accumulated during the day….

Prepare the ground:

• Magnolia appreciates acidic soils but accepts standard soils. The magnolia tree is a tree that you plant for a long time, and amending the soil would be pointless over time.
• Loosen the soil to a good height of the spade, about 25-30 cm deep, to adapt to the size of the magnolia plant that will be planted. Also loosen a nice width to make rooting easier.

Planting Magnolia:

• Take the tree out of its container. The root ball must remain homogeneous and not be damaged otherwise it will struggle to develop!
• Place the Magnolia.
• Fill in the gaps.
• Firmly press down with the foot, so that the tree does not move after planting.
• Water generously.

Flowering period:

• The magnolia blooms from March to June.

Interview :

• Size to keep dimensions that suit you.

Varieties of magnolia:

• Magnolia grandiflora "Double Nantais": beautiful fragrant double white flowers
• Magnolia loebneri “Léonard Messel: Beautiful magenta-pink flower, accepts slightly calcareous soils.
• Magnolia "Susan":
very floriferous variety, degraded from dense purple to lighter.

Agrees with

• Magnolia and rhododendron are flowers that go very well together!
• Mahonia

Magnolia with or without a garden

In the garden : solo or with other trees or shrubs.
Without garden: in a large pot, if you prefer species of magnolias that grow slowly and are small in size.

We recap, the magnolia in the ornamental garden:

• Cycle: perennial
• Hardiness: rustic
• Foliage: perennial and deciduous depending on variety
• Flowering: March to June
• Color : white, ivory, pink, red, purple
• Type of soil: deep, ordinary (can be sour), and cool
• Sowing:
• Plantation: in spring, or rather in autumn.
• Interview : cut
• Exhibition: Sun to partial shade
• Use : isolated or with another small tree.



Height x Width.

Space between
the plants


sun-partial shade

3 to 8 m x
up to 15m

2 to 3 m

without burying the collar

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The best time to plant a tree or shrub is fall, but it is quite possible to plant in winter, outside of the frost period, or in the spring before the hot summer months.

If you plant in the spring you will need to plan for more regular watering the first year after planting.

Here are the planting tips in video:

Prepare the hole, diameter and depth:

Plant your tree or shrub:

Its cultural requirements

Planting : act with caution, in well warmed soil (in October or April), but not in winter. It is found, like all evergreens, in a clod or in a container. Prepare a large pit that is wider than it is deep, so that the roots spread out. Do not bury the base of the trunk and stake halfway up the trunk, avoiding any subsequent risk of injury. Water in the spring.

Cut : regardless of the shape, natural, pyramid-shaped or free, you just have to remove the branches that are too low in order to be able to pass under them. Conducted in a pyramid, it does not flower, but offers superb glazed foliage. Periodic pruning on the small lateral ramifications, or a short extension, keeps it in shape. Avoid large cuts, as they cause the wood to rot.

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